Giavotella was cut loose by the White Sox on Friday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Giavotella joined the White Sox's organization in mid-May and spent a majority of his time at the Triple-A level, hitting .225/.225/.250 with one extra-base hit in 11 games for Charlotte. He will look to latch on with another club in the coming weeks, though it's highly unlikely the 30-year-old will make an impact in the big leagues in 2018.
Giavotella signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Saturday and will report to Double-A Birmingham.
Giavotella spent spring training with the Marlins but failed to earn a roster spot and was released from Triple-A New Orleans in early May. The 30-year-old struggled with a .214/.389/.250 slash line in 28 at-bats for New Orleans and should serve as organizational infield depth with his new organization.
Giavotella revealed Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he was released by the Marlins.
After failing to win a reserve infield spot with the Marlins while attending spring training as a non-roster invitee, Giavotella was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans to begin the season. He appeared in 10 games in the Pacific Coast League, hitting .214 across 28 at-bats before being cut loose to make room for JT Riddle (shoulder), who was optioned to New Orleans after being activated from the 10-day disabled list. Giavotella will try to latch on with another organization as infield depth in the high minors.
Giavotella agreed to a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Healey of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Giavotella spent most of this past season with Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system, slashing .306/.368/.441 with five home runs and 45 RBI in 83 games. He did appear in seven contests for Baltimore, but didn't have any consistent role with the club. Moving forward, he will provide infield depth for the Marlins, and will have a shot to make the Opening Day roster out of spring training.
Giavotella cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.
Giavotella was designated for assignment Tuesday and didn't garner the interest of any other MLB teams and will remain within the Orioles' organization. He'll likely slide into a starting role with Norfolk for the remainder of the season.
Giavotella was designated for assignment Tuesday.
The Orioles will drop Giavotella from the 40-man roster to make room for Tim Beckham, who was acquired from the Rays prior to Monday's deadline. With Beckham and Jonathan Schoop presumably locked in as the Orioles' starting middle infielders for the foreseeable future and Ruben Tejada transitioning to a utility role, Giavotella was rendered redundant in Baltimore. He'll likely be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk if he clears waivers in the coming days.
Giavotella is starting at second base and hitting eighth Saturday against Minnesota.
Jonathan Schoop will move over to shortstop as manager Buck Showalter continues to experiment with his starting second baseman. Giavotella will be the beneficiary, receiving his first start as an Oriole after logging 228 games with the Angels over the last two seasons.
Giavotella's contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.
Although it's not saying much, Giavotella has been having an excellent season with the Tides. He's batting .306 while walking nearly as often as he strikes out (34:41 BB:K). He'll forego his Triple-A All Star selection to head to the majors to provide some infield depth off the bench. To make room for him on the active roster, Jayson Aquino was optioned to Triple-A and David Washington was designated for assignment.
Giavotella will begin the season with Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
The 29-year-old was in the running for a reserve infield spot with Baltimore, but his .701 OPS ultimately wasn't enough to warrant a spot on the 40-man roster. Giavotella will likely spend a good amount of time in the minors, although his major-league experience could help him be one of the first players called up if someone in the major-league infield gets injured or falters significantly.
Giavotella says he's completely fine after taking a line drive off his palm in Friday's Grapefruit League game, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
He stayed in the game after the incident and said it was pretty painful but "nothing I couldn't play through." Expect the veteran infielder to continue getting plenty of at-bats with the absences of Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado, both of whom are competing in the World Baseball Classic. Giavotella is competing for a reserve infield spot on the Baltimore roster this spring.
Giavotella agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
The 29-year-old spent the better part of the past two seasons with the Angels big league club, slashing .267/.305/.375 over 869 plate appearances as their primary second baseman. Despite his below average glove, he offers the Orioles much needed infield depth and will compete for a bench spot in spring training.
Giavotella cleared waivers Sunday and has been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Giavotella was designated for assignment on Saturday, but went unclaimed through the team's waivers and is no longer a member of the team's 40-man roster. The team intends to evaluate a couple other options at second base, but that doesn't rule out a return to the majors for Giavotella at some point.
Giavotella was cut by the Angels on Saturday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Angels, who began Saturday with the fourth-worst winning percentage in the league, are clearly planning for 2017. Giavotella is the third position player from the Opening Day roster to be let go, joining Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry. In a corresponding move, the Angels recalled infielder Kaleb Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake. Manager Mike Scioscia said Cowart, Cliff Pennington and Gregario Petit will share the playing time at second base.
Giavotella will be out of the lineup for Thursday's contest against the Indians.
Giavotella will get a day off for the third straight game Thursday, and has been struggling recently at the plate. Cliff Pennington will get the start at second, while batting ninth.
Giavotella is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Over the last seven games, Giavotella has gone just 1-for-12 at the plate. Gregorio Petit will start in place of the struggling second baseman and bat ninth Wednesday evening.
Giavotella is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
He has limped to a .255/.296/.314 line so far in the second half and his playing time is starting to dry up as a result. Tuesday's absence marks Giavotella's fourth in six games, and he was set to sit Sunday as well before Yunel Escobar (knee) was scratched. Cliff Pennington is starting once again at second base Tuesday.
Updating a previous report, Giavotella was a late addition to Sunday's lineup against the Mariners, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
The Angels scratched Yunel Escobar (knee) following warmups, allowing Giavotella to enter the lineup at second base and bat eighth in the order. Gregorio Petit, who was originally set to start at the keystone, will move over to third base in place of Escobar.
Giavotella is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Giavotella will be on the bench for the fourth time in six August games, and with the Angels not in contention for the playoffs this season, we could see manager Mike Scioscia spread the starts at second base around over the final two months. The 29-year-old has failed to distinguish himself across 355 plate appearances this season, putting up a .269/.296/.389 slash line to go with six homers and four stolen bases.
Giavotella is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the A's.
Giavotella will be out for the second straight game as he takes a seat on the bench for Thursday's series finale against Oakland. In his place, Chad Pennington will man the keystone while batting eighth.
Giavotella is out of the lineup for Friday's matchup with Boston.
Giavotella will be replaced in the lineup by Gregorio Petit who's starting at second and batting ninth. After collecting only two hits in eight games between July 9 and July 24, Giavotella appears to have found his stroke again as he's gone 9-for-15 (.600) in his last four games.
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